It was a somewhat quiet start to the first period as there were only 10 shot attempts exchanged, 6 for the Caps and 4 for the Habs with about 7 minutes played. Only 2 shots per side, it seemed as though each team was feeling each other out, looking for an opportunity to make an impact. For a team with so much firepower (Washington has scored the 7th most goals in the league, 223, which is 26 more than the Canadiens), the Habs were able to hold the Capitals to 2 shots for the entire first period.
Michel Therrien talked about tightening up the defense after Monday's loss to the Lightning. The Habs were successful at limiting the Capitals chances, took away ice, and only had to block 4 shots on the 7 shots attempts they gave up. With coach Barry Trotz sitting on win 599, expect the Capitals to come out much stronger in the second period, after giving up 72.41 CF% to the Habs and not registering a single shot attempt since the 9:59 mark of the period.
|10:48||WSH||Brooks Laich Slashing - 2 min against Nathan Beaulieu|
|18:57||WSH||Brooks Orpik Holding - 2 min against David Desharnais|